Computer Beats People At Detecting Fake Pain

A computer system can spot real or faked expressions of pain more accurately than people can. Says Marian Bartlett, research professor at University of California, San Diego’s Institute for Neural Computation and lead author of the study: “The computer system managed to detect distinctive dynamic features of facial expressions that…Continue readingComputer Beats People At Detecting Fake Pain

Brain Scans Are Fascinating But Behaviour Tells Us More About The Mind

Imagine you’ve suddenly been given a job as a car mechanic but there’s a slight hitch: you know nothing whatsoever about cars, there are no books to help you, no internet and no-one who is willing to tell you anything. You’ve got some cars that work perfectly and a handful…Continue readingBrain Scans Are Fascinating But Behaviour Tells Us More About The Mind

Anxiety may be Reduced by Increased Brain Acidity

Increasing acidity in the brain’s emotional control center reduces anxiety, according to an animal study. The findings suggest a new mechanism for the body’s control of fear and anxiety, and point to a new target for the treatment of anxiety disorders. Anxiety disorders, characterized by an inability to control feelings…Continue readingAnxiety may be Reduced by Increased Brain Acidity

Dim Lights When You Need To Make Important Decision

The next time you want to turn dampen the emotional intensity of trying to make an important decision, you might want to try dimming the lights first. That’s because a new University of Toronto study has shown that human emotions, whether they are positive or negative, are felt more intensely…Continue readingDim Lights When You Need To Make Important Decision

Are Modern Marriages Stronger Or More Suffocating?

North Americans are now looking to their marriages to fulfill different goals than in the past. But, although the fulfillment of these goals requires especially large investments of time and energy in the marital relationship, on average Americans are actually making less investment in their marital relationship than in the…Continue readingAre Modern Marriages Stronger Or More Suffocating?

Selfless Love Switches Off Brain’s Need For Reward

Romantic love tends to activate the same reward areas of the brain that are activated by cocaine. But new research shows that selfless love, a deep and authentic wish for the happiness of others, actually turns off the brain’s reward centers. Said Judson Brewer, adjunct professor of psychiatry at Yale…Continue readingSelfless Love Switches Off Brain’s Need For Reward

What Is Cute Aggression?

Humans respond to cute. Show us just about any little critter with a big round head and a pair of large, blinking-in-the-headlights eyes and cooing will ensue. Add to that a set of chubby cheeks, a button nose and teeny-tiny pursed lips and you’re almost guaranteed to elicit clucking from…Continue readingWhat Is Cute Aggression?